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Aug 14, 2009 3:00pm EDT
in montana, we learn values like hard work and common sense. we also learned the difference between right and wrong. it's just plain wrong for insurance companies to devalue coverage when you get sick and need it the most. [ applause ] >> it is just plain wrong for insurance companies to deny people care because of pre-existing conditions. that's why we are working so hard to kraft a common sense plan that is right for our state and right for america. here in montana, we also know the value of an honest word. let me tell you, there is plenty of dishonesty out there about what health care reform will or will not do. now, you've all seen the tv show, mythbusters, right? i have been going around the state busting myths about health care, whether it is bogus information about rationing care, cutting benefits for sen yu y yurs or interfering with the doctor/patient relationship. these myths are being busted right open. they are just plain balogna. that's why our president is here to talk with us and help us spread the truth about health care reform. it will lower costs. it will give -- make su
CNN
Aug 14, 2009 4:00pm EDT
and so, i went on -- >> montana. >> and so i went searching for replacement coverage for the employees that had been laid off, only to find out that cobra doesn't apply to me because i have less than 20 employees. and that conservatively affects 80% of all workers in montana. so, they were pretty much out on their own. and i was wondering if what we can do to eliminate discrimination against small employers, as an example, we're a lumberyard, we're out there lifting boards and packing stuff all day long. every one of my remaining seven employees are fit. so, why are we and i as an employer able to provide a lesser level of benefits to my employees and yet an employer with 30 employees who sit in cubicles on their butts instead of working them off gets a better rate? >> that was a pretty good question. so, for all of you who are all sitting on your -- what did you call them? no. as i said, small businesses is probably as vulnerable as anybody. and one of the things that max has been working very hard on -- and this just doesn't get advertised, but i want to make sure e
CNN
Aug 14, 2009 8:00pm EDT
his health care plan in montana, but is everybody buying what the president is selling? >> we keep getting the bull. that's all we get. is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. >> reporter: plus, michael vick returns to the nfl after two years in prison for dogfighting. >> i was wrong for what i did. after everything that happened at that point in time, my life was wrong. to this day, i can't understand why i was involved in such pointless activity. >> not everyone is welcoming him with open arms. >> i'm just a little upset with it, because i'm such an animal lover. >> crazy signing. i don't know what they'll do with the public relations part of it. >> has vick paid enough of a price for his crime? >>> and the stories you may have missed this week. chuck grassley's blast at the president, and the town halls that didn't turn into shout fests. >>> plus, what happens when three rock gods get together on the same stage? warning. it might get loud. ♪ >>> hi, everybody. campbell brown off today. those are our big questions. but we start with our look at the stories
CNN
Aug 14, 2009 7:00pm EDT
in belgrade, montana. the president challenged the way in which television news organizations are covering town hall meetings being covered by congressman. president obama says tv loves a ruckus, as he put it. but the president said nothing new about his health care proposals. ed henry traveling with the president reports from big sky, montana. >> reporter: the president's town hall was gentle by congressional standards, but he did get one pointed question about his health reform plan. >> we keep getting the bull. that's all we get, is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. the only way you're going to get that money is to raise our taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> look, you are absolutely right. that i can't cover another 46 million people for free. >> reporter: the president vowed again he will not raise taxes on the middle class to pay for the difference. >> when i was campaigning, i made a promise that i would not raise your taxes if you made $250,000 a year or less. that's what i said. but i said that for people like myself who make more than that, there's nothing w
CNN
Aug 15, 2009 8:00am EDT
's in montana this morning where he held a town hall meeting yesterday. the crowd was pretty civil for the president. but he got tough, yet polite questions. >> the president has a town hall meeting in grand junction later this evening. a lot of health care related events going on. >> we have a map showing where they all are across the country. pete stark is holding three in california. he's going to be a busy guy. as you can see from the map, there's events in chicago and atlanta. >> the first lady, sasha and malia didn't stay home. they are traveling with the president this weekend. >> so is ed henry. he tells us the president is mixing business with pleasure in big sky montana. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. the president had more on his mind than fly fishing. he came for urgent business. buttering up the state's senior senator and chairman of the finance committee who could hold the fate of health care in his hands. >> first of all, the man working tirelessly to make sure americans get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america.
CNN
Aug 14, 2009 6:00am EDT
steps back to the fray. he's headed to montana for another meeting on health care reform. correspondents are fanned out across the nation tracking every side of the debate. >>> we begin with major developments in the deadly midair crash over the hudson river. for this morning, for the first time, we're seeing the moment of impact. the tragic collision caught on home video by an italian tourist and obtained by nbc news. the images offer incredible insight to what went wrong. a warning that some of you will find the images incredibly difficult to watch. oh, my god. oh, my god. >> nine people die in that crash. when you slow down the footage, you can see the aircraft attempting to turn and climb at the last second only to clip the helicopter with its right wing. this morning, nearly a week after the crash, the faa is taking a very close look at two air traffic controllers on duty that day. our susan candiotti has been working the story all night. she joins us now. a couple of people are in serious trouble here with the faa? >> right, john. one employee wasn't even in the building where he w
CNN
Aug 15, 2009 6:00am EDT
force one and ed henry tells us from big sky, montana, that instead of just sightseeing the president is mixing business with pleasure. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. but the president had more on his mind than just fly fishing. he also came for urgent business, buttering up the state's senior senator and chairman of the finance committee, max baucus, who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> fist rst of all, the man who working tirelessly to make sure that the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max baucus a big round of applause. >> reporter: in private, top presidential advisors admit the fight has reached a critical age. the opposition has gained steam, capitalizing on anger over debt the and bailout at town hall meetings. >> where does that state that government has these powers to take over health care? >> reporter: by comparison, the president's town hall here was pretty tame. though he did get one pointed question that reflected the strong opposition he's facing. >> we keep
CNN
Aug 15, 2009 11:00am EDT
proposals will hold a rally in atlanta with former congressman dick armey. the president is in montana doing a bit of sightseeing. he urges americans to lower the volume in the health care fight and listen to one another. >> i know there is plenty of real concern and skepticism out there. i know that in a time of economic upheaval, the idea of change can be unsettling. i know there are some folks who believe that government should have no role at all in solving our problems. these are legitimate differences, worthy of the real discussion that america deserves. >> our senior white house correspondent, ed henry, is traveling with the president. first montana, later today, colorado. why these locations specifically? >> reporter: partially because these are not necessarily democratic areas friendly. president made a point to come to montana, colorado, in the mountain west. the democratic presidential candidates had abandoned thinking they couldn't win in previous elections. he won some of them. he is trying to translate the health reform debate. when you talk to a white house debate, you say, lo
CNN
Aug 14, 2009 1:00pm EDT
're live in the "cnn newsroom." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> arkansas, montana, light-years from the corridors of power, so today power comes to them. members of congress and president obama holding health care town halls in those states and more as we near the halfway point in a make-or-break month. the big event of the day starts an hour and 45 minutes from now. president obama in big sky country pitching reform to what may be the toughest audience yet. you'll see it live right here in the "cnn newsroom." >>> i just hope he rests easy finally. i hope it gives his family some peace. captain scott speicher's navy buddies speaks for the entire country, really, as the gulf war pilot is honored and laid to rest. early this morning thousands of people began lining the streets of jacksonville, florida, for captain speicher's funeral procession, after a public memorial at the city's veteran wall, the motorcade slowly driving by his church, his old high school, bound for a private family burial. this final salute comes 18 years after he was shot down over iraq and disappeared
CNN
Aug 14, 2009 9:00am EDT
for that. and ed henry with the president in montana today as the president continues to push his health care plan. we'll be checking in with him and we're going to take you to arkansas with brianna keilar as she talks to a blue dog democrat who is seeing pushback from both sides of the divide. but first, this developing story for you. the nation's financial crisis. 72 banks have failed this year, and a federal judge warns that the biggest collapse of the year may still be looming. christine romans is part of the cnn money team and joins us from new york. what is the latest with colonial bank? >> it's a company for whom trouble has been brewing for sometime here. and indeed yesterday a federal judge issued a ruling essentially a restraining order borrowing any asset transfers in response a bank of america lawsuit. this is what the judge said. viewing colonial breech given the fact that colonial is on the brink of collapse and suspected of criminal accounting regularities, the potential for immediate substantial injury to bank of america is clear. the part folks are zeroing in on is that
CNN
Aug 14, 2009 10:00pm EDT
a town hall in montana, taking the first family to nearby yellowstone park. mr. obama came because when it comes to passing reform the road truly runs through montana. raw politics from ed henry. >> reporter: montana is a nice place to visit this time of year, but the president had more on his mind than fly-fishing. he came for urgent business, buttering up the state senior center max bachus who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> first of all the man who is working tirelessly to make sure the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max bachus a round of applause. >> reporter: in private, top presidential advisers acknowledged the fight reached a critical stage because the opposition reached some steam, capitalizing on anger at congressional town hall meetings. >> where does this state that government has the powers to take over health care. >> reporter: by comparison the president's town hall was tame. he did get one pointed question that reflected the strong opposition he's facing. >> we keep getting the bull. that is all
CNN
Aug 15, 2009 10:00am EDT
for president obama in this make or break month for reform. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. the president had more on his mind than flying fishing. he also came for urgent business. buttering up the state's senior citizen and chairman of the finance committee, max baucus, who could hold the fate of health reform in his hand. >> first of all, the man who is working tirelessly to make sure that the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max baucus a big round of applause. >> in private, top presidential advisers ab advisers acknowledge that the fight has reached a critical stage as the opposition has reef reached soming. >> reporter: by comparison, the president's town hall here was pretty tame, thou he did get one pointed question that reflected the strong opposition he is facing. >> we keep getting the bull. that's all we get, is bull. you can't tell us how you are going to pay for this. the only way you are going to get that money is to raise our taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> look, you are absolutely right,
CNN
Aug 15, 2009 5:00pm EDT
did pretty well. he came up short in montana but came close. much closer than many people thought, so they say look, now he wants to show that even if some people in these areas may disagree with him, he wants to go in and have a thoughtful conversation, reasoned debate in comparison to some of the town hall meetings we've seen across the country. what he's going do at the top is lay out why he thinks there needs to be insurance reform, that's his big folk occur, just to say you have insurance are doesn't mean you're safe and secure, you could lose that coverage. secondly, he'll take questions for about an hour, we're told. these tickets were distributed randomly on the internet. people were able it to sign up. they didn't have control over democrats or republicans got them. just as we saw yesterday, just one or two tough questions in montana at a town hall meeting, for people coming at it from the other side. the president could get tough questions from the other side today as well. as you noted at the to we are getting information are from white house aides. ed president is very ear
CNN
Aug 13, 2009 6:38pm EDT
the campaign, going viral and we will see the president tomorrow out in montana and colorado doing the same kind of town hall he did before. they are even trying to open these town halls up so they can refute these claims that they are stacking these town halls with people. >> here is a question that intreegs me. at these town hauls, these lawmakers go out there and have exchanges with their constituents, is it more likely that the lawmaker changes the view of the con stitt went or the con stitt went changes the view of the lawmaker? >> i think the way you said the question tells us the answer. the lawmaker comes back and thinks, i have got some information. politicians, they are magical thinkers. they are in their offices. they don't know what's going on. they have polls and wizards that come in and tell them what the public is thinking. sometimes they overrely on the reality they see in their immediate environment. >> i suspect a lot of these lawmakers will come back in september with different views than early august. >> certainly, they will know about the concerns out there. i don't kno
CNN
Aug 15, 2009 12:00pm EDT
, colorado. his meeting just like the one in montana have been tamer than some of what we've seen. also in his weekly address, the president urging americans to turn down the temperature and listen more. >> i know there's plenty of real concern and skepticism out there. the idea of change can be unsettling, and i know there's some folks who believe that government should have no role at all in solving our problems. these are legitimate differences, worthy of the real discussion that america deserves. >> now, the first family is traveling along on this road trip, seeing the sights like yellowstone national park. why is he focusing on the traditional red states? ed henry takes a look behinl the health care fight. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. but the president had more on his mind than just fly fishing. he also came for urgent business. buttering up the state's senior senator and chairman of the finance committee max baucus who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> first of all, the man who is working tirelessly to make sure that th
CNN
Aug 12, 2009 1:00pm EDT
specter again, montana, and nebraska, also hagerstown, maryland, and that's where senator ben cardin hosts a meeting this hour. we're keeping a close eye on this one. cardin actually got booed and jeered monday at his town hall in towson. and in new jersey, congressman steve rosman hosting that one. and there's a bunch of town halls in iowa. >>> republican senator chuck grassley is hosting four of them today. the second one is wrapping up this hour. the president praised grassley yesterday as a republican that is honestly coming up with a health care reform both parties can live with. he's one of the group of six senators from both parties heavily involved in the negotiations. this event earlier in winterset was pretty civil, but the crowd of 3000-plus wasn't giving the senators any softballs either, take a listen. >> like i said, i'm a dumb, southern iowa red neck, and i see nowhere in the constitution where health care is a right. >> we would have a bill through the united states senate. probably not one i would have voted for, but -- so if anybody is criticizing me for negotiating, you'
CNN
Aug 15, 2009 2:00pm EDT
that to you. he was in montana yesterday. while he was there he heard from an impassioned insurance salesman about health care reform. listen to this. >> mr. president, i make a living selling individual health insurance. okay. obviously, i have paid very close attention to this insurance debate. as you know, the health insurance companies are in favor of health care reform. and have a number of very good proposals before congress to work with government to provide insurance for the uninsured and cover individuals with pre-existing conditions. why is it that you have changed your strategy from talking about health care reform to health insurance reform? and decided to vilify the insurance companies? >> okay, that is a fair question. that's a fair question. first of all, you are absolutely right that the insurance companies in some cases have been constructive. so i will give you a particular example, aetna has been trying to work with us in dealing with some of the pre-existing condition stuff. that's absolutely true. and there are other come pans who have done the same. now i want to just b
CNN
Aug 31, 2009 11:00am EDT
mannered. >> reporter: molino says angel and starlet were huge fans of "hannah montana." she says jaycee dreamed of becoming a model. always clean and well dressed, no hint of the tragic reality. investigators have expanded the crime scene at phillip garrido's home. they brought cadaver dogs to search the property next door. authorities are looking into whether garrido could be connected to a string of murders in the 1990s. >> what we also know is that phillip garrido had access to that property. he used that property, and it looks like he lived on that property in a shed. >> reporter: as we scoured garrido's hometown looking for clues, we found this in a hardware store -- the name phil g. on a donation card. on august 17th this receipt shows garrido bought a pressure switch and then left a $2 donation to the children's murk'll network. >> wow. ed, our ed lavandera joining us live now from antioch, california. and ed, you are learning some information about jaycee's reunion with her family. what is being done to help her adjust? >> reporter: well, first of all, her location is a tightly
CNN
Aug 16, 2009 12:00pm EDT
hampshire. he then went from the east way up here into montana in the west. the president having another town hall out here. short sleeves out in the west. interesting, in montana, the president lost to john mccain, but just narrowly there. and when you get further west, you have increased skepticism about washington and about government spending and the role of government in health care. and the president wrapped up his week with a town hall in colorado out here in the conservative part of the state. this was a red state he turned blue in the election, but out in conservative grand junction, interesting in colorado, 17% of the state's residents lack health insurance. 9% are are on medicare. and 8.5% on medicaid. as we watch the president travel politically, many of his own allies, even some of his allies say, they are more and more skeptical he can get this bill this year. you share that skepticism? >> i don't. i think that the debate across the country is -- reflects the fact that americans care deeply about health care. it's the most personal issue to most folks. everyone has a loved
CNN
Aug 15, 2009 6:00pm EDT
care system. so just yesterday -- [ applause ] just yesterday, i held a town hall in belgrade, montana. and we had a pretty good crowd. some were big supporters of reform. some had concerns and questions. and i got tough questions. but even though montana's had strong opinions, they didn't shout at one another, they were there to listen. and that reflects the american people. and what our democracy is about, a lot more than what's been covered on tv these last few days, and that's why i thank all of you, whether you're before or against health care for being here today. i'm going to take a bunch of questions, but before i do, i wanted to talk about what health insurance reform will mean for you, because there's a lot of misunderstandings out there. first of all, what we're proposing is a common sense set of consumer protections, for people with health insurance, people with private health insurance. i expect that after reform passes, the vast majority of americans are still going to be getting their insurance from private insurers. so we have got to have some protections in place for p
CNN
Aug 14, 2009 11:00am EDT
and on the offensive today on health care reform. he is headed for a town hall meeting in montana during this make or break month in this push for reform. he could face a skeptical audience. ed henry reports from a region weary of big government. >> reporter: spend a day in the tiny town of livingston, montana, and you quickly see why the president's health care push is pushing big problems in big sky country, even from those he's trying to help. >> we have two kids and my husband is the only one working. >> reporter: sanja is uninsured so she gets discounted dental work at a local clinic. she voted for the president and agrees there needs to be reform but is worried about the details. >> i believe that there is a health care crisis. i really do. do i believe that the government needs to be more involved? no. because i think that they just whenever they get their fingers in the pot, it just kind of turns black. >> reporter: a common sentiment here where a second obama voter told us government is too big. >> we've just spent so much money on the stimulus and the t.a.r.p. and then we're going to add
CNN
Aug 5, 2009 7:23pm EDT
message yet. but he's out of washington, he's going to montana, campaign style, this is where he's in his element. >> and in political terms, he's in his element, and i guess the rest of us are supposed to say, hoorah, but the reality is, we still -- as you point out, we are one, two days away from when he wanted this thing packaged up and ready for signature. and the fundamental question you're posing hasn't yet been answered. >> are we better off? i think there's a lot of evidence to say that we would be better off, departing from our current system. that the current system threatens to bankrupt the country and increase the numbers of uninsured. i think that that's the core of this. there are, of course, politics around it. that's the main thing to remember. >> thank you very much, both of you. appreciate it. >>> more on our top stories tonight, let's turn to brooke baldwin who was the latest for us. >> the obama administration this evening saying that north korea's decision to release two american journalists is not linked to nuclear negotiations. those journalists, both laura ling and
CNN
Aug 13, 2009 7:00pm EDT
's why you'll see the president going to a town hall meeting tomorrow in montana and then off to colorado on saturday. lou? >> now, this sounds awfully like manufacturing. it sounds like astro turf on the part of the white house which is the very same press secretary robert gibbs was -- well, has been moaning within the past week. all of the noise, as they see it, some of the misinformation as they are calling it at these town hall meetings out there. and they said, yeah, there is that concern. obviously, though, the white house hoping that they will base it on facts and not any misinformation as they see it. what they are trying to do is knock it all down. we are seeing such an aggressive effort with the town hall meetings and then i take you back to when the president was in new hampshire and he started off his town hall by telling folks that, you know, i want to hear from people who don't agree with me. and then at the end when most of the questions were relatively easy questions, then he started asking, anybody here disagree with me? they really try to at least from a marketing standp
CNN
Aug 5, 2009 6:23pm EDT
are working. teresa in montana, considering what this country's been through in the past decade, i'm surprised that more of us aren't on the happy pills. lily marlene in hawaii, as a person who's been on antidepressants and in therapy for over 20 years, i can say the drugs have become more effective and have fewer side effects. mixing them with therapy has proved to be a life-saving method method for me. we're talking about someone who becomes suicidal if i'm off the medications for three weeks. ike in atlanta says, it goes to show the problem with health care in america. doctors have to prescribe these drugs because they don't want to be sued for not doing so, even if the patient doesn't need them. the companies are happy because they make money. insurance covers it because they too make money. and the patient, he doesn't know any better. most people on antidepressants don't need them. it's all a scam. h. writes, i've taken antidepressants off and on for after 30 years after suffering postpartum depression. i talked about my feelings to psychiatrists until we were all blue in the face, but no
CNN
Aug 2, 2009 6:00am EDT
roll. i would give you this one, the testicle festival in clinton, montana. >> what is that about? >> give us a debrief. >> all i can tell you if you go to the website and take a look at it it says have a ball. basically is what it says. i'm not lining. i st. in journalistic way. >> you don't want to lose your job. >> right. it's alleged sometimes you reach. you can look out. >> you're leaning over it now. >> testyfesty.com. >> going from that, we're going to jump from that to miami. safety, i think would be a good deal. great shot out of miami. if you're eating something what they are not serving up in montana. a nice day for fit you don't mind the scattered showers. a few thunderstorms. rough stuff in the last couple of days in central part and up in saint augustine, we showed you that video yesterday. today a little bit better. going up the eastern seaboard into places like philadelphia, like new york, some thunder boomers and mid-day philadelphia some thunderstorms right now. i'll enlarge this shot for you and you can see a few cells moving between allentown and philadelphia.
CNN
Aug 19, 2009 1:00pm EDT
conversations with members of the finance committee friday in montana and others. our preference is to work through this process and hopefully come out with a bill that has agreement among both parties on that. >> are you expecting any republican votes for this bill in the senate or the next? >> i think there are many that would like to see some health care reform. i trust that the three republicans that are working in the senate finance committee are doing so in good faith. i have no reason to believe they are not. >> the question is, how is it that you think you can achieve a bipartisan bill when it seems you are having trouble achieving a partisan bill? the divisions between the democratic party right now, between the blue dogs and the progressives in the house? >> i think that sort of -- there are blue dogs on the energy and commerce committee that voted out a bill on the house side before we left for recess. i think this notion that there -- it's impossible even to get agreement on our side on what a health care plan looks like belies the notion that this is a piece of legislation that
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Aug 31, 2009 1:00pm EDT
of hannah montana. jaycee dreamed of becoming a model, always clean and well dressed, no hint of the tragic reality. investigators have expanded the crime scene and they brought cadaver dogs to search the property next door. authorities are looking into whether he could be connected to a string of murders in the 1990s. >> phillip garrido had access to that property. he used that property and it looks like he lived on that property in a she had. >> reporter: as we've scoured the home town looking for clue, we found this in a hardware store, the name phil g on a donation card. he brought a pressure switch and left a $2 donation to the children's miracle network. as for jaycee, she is with her family. her location is being kept a tight secret. we understand that she has several family members and law enforcement officials and a team of psychiatrists to help this family through the reunited process. >> it's fascinating learning all of these details, especially the ones that you are bringing to us. can you tell us more about the family business? >> absolutely. that printing business was essentia
CNN
Aug 16, 2009 6:00am EDT
. the ones in montana on friday night, they were given away in montana in the local area, so they don't select only supporters of the president, and if you're an opponent of the president, we've seen a couple of them who don't agree with his plans on health care reform, you can get into these forums as well. >> don't think you can get in his face. paul steinhauser, we'll see you again. >>> with the president going to yellowstone and the grand con on, our national park are in the spotlight but they need a face lift. here's how stimulus money is helping out. >>> education is more important than others but at some black colleges the money crunch can put dreams of higher education in jeopardy. mbers. but how close are you to your goals? there may be more you can do. only caduet combines two proven medicines... in a single pill to significantly lower... high blood pressure and high cholesterol. in a clinical study of patients... with slightly elevated blood pressure and cholesterol, caduet helped 48% reach both goals in just 4 weeks. caduet is one of many treatment options, in addition to
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Aug 9, 2009 7:00pm EDT
the president will visit montana, home state of max. >> we are joining for talk on the guadalajara summit. mark, can we talk first about the drug war we have been talking about? you heard cnn's michael ware and suzanne malveaux bring it up. these are high-level talks. what it appears is needed most, boots on the ground as michael said and the demand from the u.s. to stop in order to make a difference. does the administration have a handle on how to combat this? >> the war on drugs is a tricky situation for any president in office, don. of course, these are going to be very high-level talks today and tomorrow how to combat that. there is an insatiable appetite in the united states for drugs, for illegal drugs. how do we stop this violence in mexico and the violence spilling over into these border towns. i don't personally have an answer for you. i don't know how to do that. the white house is trying to figure that out. >> the couple days they are meeting it is not likely they will figure out the master plan. let's talk about issues in the united states. health care, health care, health care and
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Aug 9, 2009 12:00pm EDT
with this debate in the finance committee. >> two words each. >> i'm going to montana later this week because the president will be heading there, i'm going to see what people in matt baucus's state is saying. he's the head guy. >> i have to cut you off. i'm john king. this is state of the eun. >>> the escalating war in afghanistan, the fallout from former president clinton's trip to north korea. and tonight's presidential summit in mexico. we'll map out the administration's pressing global challenges in an exclusive interview with susan wright, the u.s. ambassador to the united nations. >>> congress heads home to face america divided over health care changes. to discuss the policy and political divides with two key senators. john cornyn of texas, dick durbin of illinois. >> our american dispatch from eugene, oregon. puts the squeeze on many support organizations just when struggling parents and hungry children need the help most. the state of the union report for sunday, august 9th. >>> president obama heads to mexico tonight for a summit with the leaders of mexico and canada, a reminder of
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Aug 14, 2009 9:00pm EDT
to reform health care. why president obama made a stop in montana and what else he did. and our 360 interview with an insurance insider who is blowing the whistle. what he says are the dirty secrets you need to know. and michael vick getting a second chance in the nfl. what about the dogs he groomed to the death? we have our hero of the week. he turns trash into tools for schools. watch. >> i was coming from at night, and i see this computer. and i thought everything was perfect. and so many computer are thrown out and so many computer are needed in kenya, and i decided i must do something. my name is jude ndambuki. i refurbish computers and send them to kenna kenya has very few resources. even a pencil is hard to get. anything that's in place to make the life of kids better is great. the computers, if they are working, then we label the name of the school on each box and we ship it to kenya. the computers are saved from poisoning our environment and they will be used for 20 years by some schools. every school is going to plant 100 trees for every computer. we're planting a tree to
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Aug 13, 2009 1:00pm EDT
returns to the town hall stage tomorrow in montana. now, ali velshi has been on the road all week long holding his own version of the town hall meeting listening to what people are saying about health care reform and he's not running for office. not trying to keep his seat. he's just in search of real people with real concerns. ali's found his way to sedalia, missouri, not too far from kansas city. ali, from your perspective in talking to folks on the road trip, how effective are these town halls? what do you think? >> reporter: well, everybody's heard of them or seen them. it has been the talk of the week. in fact, we've been talking to people about the economy all week generally, but somehow every conversation makes its way back to health care. and i think people have been influenced by them in some fashion because they've heard things being said. they've heard people talking about the government lying or the fact that it will be government control or they won't have choices about their doctors. or their health care. there's definitely been -- there have been things that have been pi
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Aug 12, 2009 6:00am EDT
? >> of course. i like my life. >> in montana and colorado, those states were presidential battlegrounds. now they are the front lines for health care reform. >> thanks so much. we have seep and heard the anger and frustration. we have heard the insults being thrown around. but through all the shouting, is the message getting through? does the president have to explain that he won't pull the plug on grandma? that is what he was saying yesterday. our panel of experts weighs in. >> and a u.s. army private under arrest this morning accused of being a krablgt killer. the 18-year-old soldier is one of three men charged with murdering a cartel member who was also a dea informant. we are live in dallas this morning. what makes this so shocking, ed, is that this fellow was allegedly working for a cartel on the mexican side of the border but the hit was on the american side of the border. >> a chilling example of the power, influence, and reach of the mexican drug cartel. there is a growing concern that the reach might be beginning to corrupt u.s. officials, authorities,or people working along the bor
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Aug 31, 2009 6:00am EDT
. they were polite and well mannered. >> reporter: she says they were huge fans of hannah montana. jaycee wanted to be a model. always clean and well dressed. no hint of the tragic reality. investigators have expanding the crime scene at garrido's home, bringing in cadaver dogs to search the property next door. they're looking at whether he could be connected to a string of murders. >> what we also know is garrido had access to the property. used the property and looks like he lived on the property in the shed. >> reporter: as we scoured the hometown looking for clues, we found this in a hardware store. the name phil g. on a donation card. he bought a pressure switch and laeft $2 donation to the children's miracle network. and what is amazing is we have talked to people throughout the weekend here. it is just how openly garrido seemed to live, especially with the two daughters. we have heard countless stories of him seen around town with his two daughters in tow. >> so basically hiding in plain view. refresh the viewers. how were they ultimately found out? how did police ultimately realiz
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Aug 9, 2009 6:00am EDT
to montana he may be teaming up with max baucus. >> cnn is staying on top this was. this is a make or break month. what kind of special coverage can we expect to see? >> we'll be covering as many of these town halls as possible with our reporters, our producers, our photojournalists. we're gassing up the cnn campaign buss firing it up and ali velshi will start down your way. >> he's not driving? >> i hope not. keep him away from the wheel. he's going from atlanta up to iowa through parts of the south and midwest speaking to americans about how they feel about health care reform. >> i love those road trips because you get a slice of what people across the country feel about the issues that are on table and right now the number one issue being health care. thank you, paul, we do appreciate it. >> ali driving that bus is not a good thing. >> isn't that frightening. if you see ali on the roadway get off the side an let him go by. >> reynolds wolf was on the road. doing some investigating reporting. one man's trash is another man's treasure. reynolds wolf shows us how these electric lines have h
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Aug 15, 2009 3:00pm EDT
. in townhall stops across the country. in belgrade, montana, the president took questions from an insurance salesman. later today it is grand junction, colorado. cnn will bring you live coverage, 6:00 p.m. eastern time. >>> since this is the president's plan, his party is catching a lot of flak at the townhall sessions. republicans deny stirring up the protests at the events. in this week's gop address, utah senator orrin hatch is happy to see the opponents speaking out. >> nearly 85% of americans have coverage. and they are really worried about what reform means for them. especially our seniors. these concerns are moving from kitchen table conversations to townhall discussions. i am disappointed about the attempt to characterize the behavior of americans, expressing their concerns, as quote, unamerican, unquote. though i strongly encourage the use of respectful debate in these town halls we should not be stifling these discussions. there is nothing unamerican about disagrelts. in fact our great nation was founded on speaking our minds. families are voicing their concerns because they feel
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Aug 17, 2009 3:00pm EDT
in montana and colorado, and there are an awful lot of -- the secret service does an amazing job, but there are an awful lot of angry people out there, and most of them, i got to say, are misinformed. >> hey, let's switch the subject because this is the other big news story we're following right now. i'm trying to figure this one out myself. is the public option dead or alive? this is what democrats hope would create competition and would eventually drive the markets. i want to take you first to what the president said. this was back in july. hit that, claude. >> any plan i sign must include an insurance exchange, including a public option to increase competition and keep insurance companies honest. >> i think i just heard him say any plan i sign must include public option. now, listen to the president last night. listen to him last night in colorado. this is grand junction and then we'll get your take on it. i think these are two completely different statements. play that, claude. >> public option, whether we have it or we don't have it, is not the entirety of health care reform
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Aug 10, 2009 3:00pm EDT
to new hampshire for a town hall meeting on health care. later, he'll visit montana, home state of max baucus, a key democrat trying to negotiate a deal on health care reform. elaine quijano, cnn, the white house. >>> we do have a camera at a town hall in poplar bluff, missouri we're monitoring with senator claire mccaskill trying to reach out to her constituents. is this going to be peaceful or out of control, like some have been in the past? we have a camera there. we will watch it for you. we will not just give you clips. we will let you watch for yourself. >>> back to what some may call a back room deal that you frankly just need to know about as an american citizen. has the president of the united states cut a deal with the pharmaceutical companies that is good for them but maybe not so good for you as a taxpayer? and will congress challenge that deal? what is it? it seems to be the type of deal that this president railed against ironically enough, when he was campaigning. >> medicare prescription drug bill, for example, the congress specifically exempted medicare from being able
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Aug 16, 2009 11:00am EDT
the government option and the government spending. then out to montana, john mccain carried this state. the president more casual out west. out here, john mccain won, but just narrowly. getting further west, as you always know, there's more skepticism about the role of government and government spending. lastly the president before taking a break, was down in colorado for a town hall. he carried this state, but his message was delivered out in the grand junction area which is conservative country out here. 17% of the residents of colorado are uninsured. as we watch the president make his case, one thing he said in colorado was don't get so f fixated on this so-called public option. i would like one in there, but people are getting hung up on that, and there are other thicks to talk about. we could say we hold these truths to be self-evident. it's clear he doesn't have the votes in the senate. is he sending a message? >> it does sound that way. the president has held pretty fast to the notion of a public option. time and time again, when you press the white house as to whether or not th
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Aug 12, 2009 7:00pm EDT
, montana, and grand junction, colorado. dan lothian, cnn, the white house. >>> white house press secretary robert gibbs was on the defensive as i said on the issue of whether the president misrepresented the aarp's position on health care. we're going to play for you the entirety of that section of the press briefing from the question onward. let's listen. >> yesterday the president said aarp endorsed the plan. as you're aware, aarp said yesterday it hasn't endorsed the plan. where on the information or disinformation scale would the president's remark fall? >> well, the president said -- aarp said they are certainly supportive and have been for years on comprehensive health reform. i don't think the president meant to imply anything untoward. i think he discussed the notion that aarp is supportive of -- an agreement that would fund filling the doughnut hole for seniors as part of medicare part d as well as additional savings vings for comprehensive health care. >> [ inaudible ] aarp hasn't endorsed the house pending slax. >> which is what i've just said. >> he's aware of that. he wasn't t
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Aug 15, 2009 7:00pm EDT
been getting some of your responses or e-mails saying this is the same speech he gave in montana or new hampshire. these were remarks very similar to what he gave earlier in the week. a director for america's town hall, and the interim state director of americans for prosperity, they held a town hall meeting earlier today, and we're going to talk to them about that, but we're going to is have to medical experts. ronnie whitfield in baton rouge, louisiana, he is a founder of health care coalition, and in the interest of full disclosure, dr. whitfield supplements his income with speaking engagements. and then we have kent houlter of houlte medical center. i want to go to allan and virginia here. we're sitting here listening, a lot of the questions that we had, someone in the audience answered some of those questions. because you're holding these town hall meetings that you disagree 100% with the president. is there anything in the president's town hall that you liked or agreed with? >> absolutely, i love the idea of being able to buy health insurance and if you move to colorado where he w
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Aug 23, 2009 1:00am EDT
at a town hall meeting in montana. >> every time we are in sight of health insurance reform, the special estes fight back with everything they've got. they use their influence. they run their ads. and their political allies try to scare the heck out of everybody. it happened in '93. it's happening now. >> let's talk about specific groups that have an interest in either blocking reform outright or changing it or limiting it in some form. big pharmaceutical companies. is there anything in the reform bills about lowering the cost of prescription drugs? >> the pharmaceutical industry which is not a party to the 1993/'94 effort is now with the white house. they want coverage. they want affordable coverage for everyone and they want co-pays to be reasonable and as mr. skeptic would say, that's because they're going to have this huge group of people able to buy. they have agreed to cut $80 billion out of their costs. interestingly, they're spending $150 million in advertising to push for health care reform. and a lot of people like robert reich, labor secretary of clinton, he smells a rat. and
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Aug 12, 2009 8:00pm EDT
. >> the president is going to hold another town hall in montana on friday. >>> in nigeria, secretary of state hillary clinton making some news by comparing elections there to elections here. this involves the discussion of nigeria's problems with widespread voter fraud. >> another off-the-cuff comment about elections, this time, about nigeria, she brought up an election in the u.s., in 2000 she said -- >> in 2000 our presidential election came down to one state where the brother of the man running for president was the governor of the state. so, we have our problems, too. >> aides said she was not being editorial, she simply was making the point of how candidates would accept election results even if it might be flawed. >> this is going to raise eyebrows. >> right. i think one of the questions when she was running, will the real hillary clinton stand up. looks like she's doing pap. >> there is a presidential election in afghanistan next week. hundreds of marines and afghan troops launched a new push to take some controls on the taliban. >> action here from the front lines of the war in afghan
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Aug 22, 2009 8:00pm EDT
reform? listen to what president obama said recently at a town hall meeting in montana every time we are in sight of health insurance reform the special interests fight back with everything they've got. they use their influence. they run their ads. and their political allies try to scare the heck out of everybody. it happened in '93. it's happening now. >> let's talk about specific groups that have an interest in either blocking reform outright or changing it or limiting it in some form. big pharmaceutical companies. is there anything in the reform bills about lowering the cost of prescription drugs? >> the pharmaceutical industry which is not a party to the 1993-94 effort is now with the white house. they want coverage. they want affordable coverage for everyone and they want copays to be reasonable and as mr. skeptic would say that's because they'll have this huge group of people able to buy. they have agreed to cut $80 billion out of their costs. interestingly, they're spending -- >> over ten years. >> and interestingly they're spending $150 million in advertising to push for heal
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Aug 16, 2009 8:00am EDT
hampshire this week, in montana, in colorado, and he's taking a bit of a vacation here, but make no mistake about it, the president's plan right now to get everything he wants is in serious doubt and he's out there trying to turn public opinion his way. >> all right, john, help break it down for us. what, specifically, part of the plan seems to be drawing the greatest resistance right now? >> what is the public option qup they want to have a government-run health care plan, where you wouldn't necessarily have to take your health care from the government. there would be a menu of options available to you. some would private hmos or other public options, but there would be a government-run plan. it's very hard to sell. the conservative critics believe it would be the beginning of a federal takeover, but even conservative democrats in places where the president has been traveling say, i don't think so. this is too much reach for the government. so one compromise on the table is some kind of a regional co-op plan. and the president said yesterday something quite interesting. he said, we can't j
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Aug 31, 2009 3:00pm EDT
and starlet were huge fans of hannah montana. she says jaycee dreamed of becoming a model. always clean and well-dressed, no hint of the tragic reality. investigators have expanded the crime scene at phillip garrido's home. they've brought cadaver dogs to search the property next door. authorities are looking into where garrido could be connected to a string of murders in the 1990s. >> what we also know is that phillip garrido had access to that property. he used that property and it looks like he lived on that property in a shed. >> reporter: as we've scoured garrido's hometown looking for clue, we found this in a hardware score, the name phil g. on a donation card. on august 17th, this receipt shows garrido bought a pressure switch and then left a $2 donation to the children's miracle network. >> here's what perhaps is the most bizarre angle of this story -- if jaycee or alyssa as she was called by her captor -- was allowed to be out in public from time to time as we just heard somebody say in that report, why didn't she ever ask for help? that is the question i'm going to ask to my n
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Aug 12, 2009 4:00pm EDT
again for this weekend for two town hall meetings, first on friday in bolton, montana, then saturday in grand junction, colorado. wolf? >> he's going to be busy at both those meetings and other stops, as well. thanks very much, dan lothian. jack cafferty has "the cafferty file." jack? >>> there is another view of this, of course. when it comes to town hall meetings, the democrats might want to rethink their strategy. arlen specter and claire mccaskill are the latest to be drowned out by protesters. one woman in missouri told mccaskill, quote, if they don't let us vent our frustrations out, they will have a revolution, unquote. protesters at arlen specter's meeting said they think the obama administration is going too far with health care reform. one woman shouted out, quote, this is about dismantling this country. specter said he thinks the people proetsdsing are, quote, not necessarily representative of america, but he thinks they should be heard. president obama and the democrats seem to face an increasingly uphill battle with selling health care reform to a skeptical public. peopl
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